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The Workhouse, Southwell

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Address: The Workhouse Upton Road, Southwell, Newark-on-Trent NG25 0PT, England
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Built in 1824, The Workhouse is the best preserved workhouse in England. A...

Built in 1824, The Workhouse is the best preserved workhouse in England. A place of despair or a beacon of hope? Visit and decide for yourself.

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So very interesting

Visited The Workhouse and it was amazing. We took the early outside tour with a guide who was extremely good and very knowledgable about the venue. The word Workhouse gives one... read more

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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Visited The Workhouse and it was amazing. We took the early outside tour with a guide who was extremely good and very knowledgable about the venue. The word Workhouse gives one the impression it was a place for vagrants but this really wasn't true. They looked after woman and men and children from the area who hadn't homes. For work... More 

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Desborough, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited here on a Sunday afternoon and sign posting to the entrance to the hall from reception was not very good. We watched the film about why it was built and then toured the workhouse. I was disappointed that it did not have more furniture, utensil and fitments. It would have been better to feel conditions if they had... More 

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Hornchurch, England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our visit the welcome tour by Paul was very interesting and made our visit very enjoyable the staff in the cafe were very welcoming the tour was interesting but the audio is a must to give you a better understanding otherwise you could be disappointed as there are a lot of sparsely decorated rooms.

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Thank Jan B
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went this weekend and thought it was a fantastic and interesting place to visit. A different twist of a day out if you don't want to visit a stately home. The national trust employees are very knowledgable and friendly. The audio guide was very good as it takes you around the building meeting various characters along the way. The gift... More 

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Thank April L
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not the usual National Trust property but I found it much more interesting than grand houses. I wish they had guided tours but there was a lot of written information.

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Thank grandma925
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lived in the area all my life but never visited before. Absolutely fabulous. Really thought provoking and humbling. The staff were great answering all sorts of questions. The tapes that give you info as you are going round are also very helpful. Would certainly recommend it.

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Thank Rita W
Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were looking for somewhere halfway between Derbyshire and North Yorkshire to meet with family and are all National Trust members so the workhouse was ideal. We arrived a little late to take one of the guided tours but were happy to discover at our own pace. The new reception / visitor centre was still under construction but looks like... More 

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Thank bensT9107YL
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent pre administration tour giving both interesting facts and views on the role of the work house. I would recommend doing this tour. Audio tour and room attendants were very interesting. The vegetable garden is well kept by the volunteers.

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Thank Diane K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Called at the workhouse for a National Trust visit and managed to get on a tour of the premises and learn a lot about the property and how it came about and the types of people it housed. This lasted just over an hour. We then visited the very reasonably priced cafe and had a cream tea before picking up... More 

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Thank Denise R
Gosport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Well preserved building. A good insight into the past. Knowledgeable staff. Would be better if they furnished some of the rooms to give a better feel for what it was like.

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